Category: Arts/Culture/Entertainment

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A Xmas Cuento Remix suffers from last-minute cast shuffling

In retelling Charles Dickens’s perennial holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, playwright Maya Malan-Gonzalez performs the theatrical equivalent of completely gutting ...

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Eye 94 opens readers’ ears

It’s a slightly rainy late November evening and the lights are all on at Pilsen Community Books. I’ve come here ...

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The Land of Forgotten Toys has forgettable songs, but a charming story

This original Christmas show (story by Larry Little, music by Dylan MarcAurele, book and lyrics by Jaclyn Enchin and Jennifer ...

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The White Plague follows the clash between fascism and pacifism

Nicole Wiesner directs Karel Čapek’s 1937 parable (translated by Peter Majer and Cathy Porter) about the clash between fascism and ...

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Midsommer Flight’s Twelfth Night offers hijinks and insight

William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is only nominally a holiday show: the first recorded public performance on February 2, 1602, was ...

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The Santaland Diaries offers diminishing returns

In the season opener of Abby McEnany’s new Showtime series, Work in Progress, McEnany runs into Julia Sweeney in a ...

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Q Brothers Christmas Carol makes even Navy Pier bearable this season

The “ad-rap-tation” of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, created by the Q Brothers Collective of GQ, JQ, Jax, and Pos ...

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins gives a trickster twist to the holiday

Hanukkah shows are hard to find, relatively speaking, but there are two running locally right now: Grace and the Hanukkah ...

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Cold Town/Hotline can’t overcome its preposterous premise

If there’s a workable drama within the rambling, under-rehearsed confines of playwright/director Eli Newell’s Cold Town/Hotline, it hasn’t yet emerged. ...

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The Christmas Foundling mines Bret Harte for holiday inspiration

Neither Tom Selleck nor Steve Guttenberg nor Ted Danson have anything on this crew of 19th-century Sierra gold miners, who ...

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